Steroid-tainted stars snubbed...RGIII has surgery...Seahawks replace injured kicker
NEW YORK (AP) — It's likely to be a quiet induction ceremony in Cooperstown this year. For only the second time since 1965, voters have failed to elect any players to baseball's Hall of Fame. This year's list of 37 candidates was highlighted by stars tainted by steroid allegations, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa. Three figures from baseball's pre-integration era will be inducted in July. They are former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, umpire Hank O'Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The doctor who performed surgery on Robert Griffin III this morning says it's "everybody's hope and belief" that the Washington Redskins quarterback will be ready for the 2013 season. Dr. James Andrews says he repaired Griffin's torn lateral collateral ligament and did "a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction." Griffin reinjured the knee in Sunday's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have signed a kicker and a defensive end ahead of Sunday's playoff game against Atlanta. Veteran kicker Ryan Longwell steps in for injured Steven Hauschka, while Patrick Chukwurah fills Chris Clemons' roster spot. Clemons suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee in last Sunday's win over Washington.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (VAR'-eh-zhoh) will have surgery for a torn leg muscle tomorrow. The team says he's expected to be out six to eight weeks. Varejao was the NBA's leading rebounder when he injured his knee three weeks ago in a game against Toronto.
TORONTO (AP) — NHL training camps haven't formally opened yet, but the Toronto Maple Leafs already have fired their general manager. Brian Burke is out, replaced by his assistant, David Nonis. New corporate owners took over the Maple Leafs in August and Burke's brash style might not have been a smooth fit. Toronto has not made the playoffs since Burke took over as GM in 2008.